Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Ends On: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Illinois Valley Crime Prevention Commission Training Room
225 Backbone Road East
Princeton, IL

Wicklander - Zulawski & Associates

The course is taught by three instructors – a seasoned homicide detective in Lou Tessmann, CFI© a First Assistant State’s Attorney in Jeff Pavletic, and a digital forensic technologist who has assisted Homeland Security, FBI, DEA, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals in Carol Gudbrandsen. Lou has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations and has obtained over 80 homicide confessions during his 25-year career. Jeff’s 20 years of extensive trial experience includes over 150 jury trials with a concentration in prosecution of homicides and violent crimes. Carol is a Cyber Crimes Analyst with a major State’s Attorney’s Office and has provided thousands of forensic examinations on various types of digital evidence.


Member Fee: $0
Non-Member Fee: $100

This course covers the types of techniques necessary to manage investigations of death and homicide cases from initial crime scene examination through autopsy, suspect interviews and successful prosecution. The program includes an in-depth review of a diverse combination of homicide cases, and provides strategic tactics in the apprehension and prosecution of the offender(s).

This seminar provides the investigator with the tools necessary to conduct death and homicide investigations. Using actual investigations, participants work through cases from the moment of arrival until its conclusion. This program offers tips, techniques and methods to successfully close cases.

Discussion topics include talking about the mental state of a suspect and how it impacts the solvability of a homicide, the differences between how homicides were previously investigated and solved, versus today's investigations and how technological advances have expedited this process.

The first day provides the participant with the framework to operate and organize a death and homicide investigation. The instruction will enable the participant to make tactical and strategic decisions in the investigation of a death. The material will provide a template for an investigator to organize and distribute information as the flow of leads begins to develop. In addition, the basic types of deaths are presented in an overview to prepare the investigator how to deal with modifications of the investigation for each case type.

Day two focuses on sources of information available to investigators and their use to develop new leads in the investigation of a death. Evaluation, control and use of informants are discussed at length. A wide ranging discussion surrounding the body position and subsequent forensic examination of it as they relate to developing leads and theories about the crime will be lead using death case examples the instructor has participated in while a Lead Homicide Investigator.

Because of the sensational nature of the crime or death there is often a need to deal with the media. Using real examples the instructors speaks to the media’s need to provide news and information to the public and their various strategies to gain information.

The third day of the WZ Seminar for Lead Homicide Investigators teaches and reinforces the sound fundamentals of the interview and interrogation process for the investigator, homicide detective, major crimes task force member, coroner, medical examiner, special agent, or other law enforcement professional. The participants will learn a broad range of cutting-edge methods and proprietary tools to conduct more effective interviews and interrogations, resulting in quicker admissions and better statements. Instruction includes a comprehensive overview of a variety of non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques to overcome the resistance of both a traditional criminal and a capital offense suspect. The student will learn to offer rationalizations, handle denials, detect deception and evaluate truthfulness. Videos of actual interviews and interrogations of homicide suspects will be presented and discussed. The non-confrontational approach to interviewing and interrogation has been recognized for the way it produces faster and more accurate results. In many cases, admissions are achieved without the suspect ever making a denial or protesting his innocence. Additionally, suspects often reveal more about their activities than during a traditional confrontational interrogation approach.

The 4-hour program on the morning of day four will provide the students with an understanding of the role of the Digital Forensic Examiner and the evidence they can provide for the investigator, which can be used during the death investigation. The instructor will begin by describing the forensic methods used to preserve digital evidence, the different types of digital media devices that can be examined, and the limitations and obstacles associated with preserving specific evidence from various storage devices. The instructor will discuss specific points that need to be considered when conducting the interview, or interrogation. Points will include obtaining details needed by the forensic examiner and by the investigator for digital evidence follow-up actions. The primary topics discussed will be seizing digital evidence including considerations starting with obtaining the search warrant to the actual evidence collection at the scene, physically handling digital technology in general and preventing damage to digital evidence.  Explanations of how digital memory is stored on different media devices will be discussed along with the importance of understanding the volatility of digital evidence. The instructor will discuss the various considerations at the scene, which include collecting non-digital evidence that can be of value to the investigator and forensic examiner, preserving video recordings and addressing network issues.

The 4-hour block will conclude with a demonstration of various digital forensic tools, (free, low cost and high cost), and how these tools can be used by the investigator in the beginning stages of the investigation. Ample time will be reserved for questions.

During the second half of day four and throughout day five, the participants will examine the necessary preparation and legal background information necessary to manage, advise, and command a complex death investigation. The discussion is led by a veteran state’s attorney who prosecutes homicides and understands the legal complexities of custody, Miranda, search and seizure as they apply to homicide cases. This comprehensive examination of the law will prepare the investigators with the legal foundation to make the correct decisions during a homicide investigation. Testimony and proper preparation for trial will be discussed along with a perspective from the judge or juries point of view.



MTU 5’s request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board.

Course enrollment must be made by the agency CEO or designated training officer.  Registration may be made using our on-line course registration link on this website.  All officers enrolled by their department will be assumed to be on duty unless otherwise noted

Mobile In-Service Training Region #5 –Assist Program
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Serving the Counties of: Bureau – La Salle – Marshall – Putnam - Stark


 X Civil Rights  X Constitutional and Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority.
 X Cultural Competency  X Procedural Justice
  Introductory Mental Health Awareness  X Legal Updates
 X Human Rights   Use of Force (must include scenario based or similar approved training)
 X Lead Homicide Investigator   Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Response
  Sexual Assault Investigator Training